Saturday, 10 July 2010

Art At Rhosygilwen 2010

Art At Rhosygilwen is an Art and Craft Festival held each summer in the grounds and magnificant Oak Hall at Rhosygilwen Mansion near Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire. This year the festival expanded it's remit showing video and films and hosting talks and interviews with filmakers, a cinematographer, the King of Hay aka Richard Booth and the film critic and author John Russell Taylor. Tom Geens, director screened his feature film Liar and held a question and answer session afterwards. The wooden store shed was transformed into The Film Shed with plush drapes and cushioned seats showing a comprehensive programme of independent shorts from makers across Europe with the help of Kinofilm Festival of Manchester. The Oak Hall showed a range of paintings and sculpture selected from work submitted by West Wales based artists. The gardens provided a substantial backdrop to some intriguing sculptures and installations and the Craft Marquee likewise to some wonderful work. The weather was for the most sunny and glorious with a moment of high winds and rain on the Sunday morning which did have me biting my nails..well I had installed one of my 4 metre high willow foxes on the most exposed spot. All the organisers deserve to feel satisfied that they put together an event of warmth, depth, beauty and bite. I am really proud of what they managed to achieve and inspired too by what I experienced. Thanks to Glen and Brenda Peters too who are the most kind hosts.

Glastonbury 2010

The last three months has seen me working towards the Big One..Glasto 2010. Each year I promise myself to start working on it months earlier but life will get in the way and it becomes a last minute scramble to reach the finish at Worthy Farm. This year I had more than "the Final Countdown" going round in my brain, more and more work kept creeping in and they were all such exciting invitations (weaving .. exciting!!) that I had to say yes yes yes. A few people looked on with scepticism but I do have a little network of willing helpers who will drop their stuff to pass me some sticks and lift a woven giant over onto it's back so I can weave it's front and all for the promise of a ticket to a festival or two. This year I would not have made it without all their cooperation after I came off a ladder and broke a bone in my right hand. Ouch. So thankyou Nici, Izaac, Layla, Emma, Liz, Gaz, Kinkaris, Karma, Floss, Fion, Danielle, Colin, Parky, Sally, Laura, Daniel, Dave, Mick, Josh, Harry, Oliver and ofcourse Beanie who is fully responsible for distracting me from the terror and amusing me no end with her puppiness. We made it just and it was a great success and fun in the sun.